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BC-ME--Maine News Digest 1:30 pm, ME

January 4, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Maine. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the northern New England desk at 207-772-4157. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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MAINE GOVERNOR-PARDONS

Maine officials say they can’t release information about individuals pardoned by former Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who pardoned a former lawmaker against a clemency board’s recommendation. Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s spokeswoman Kristen Muszynski said Thursday state law says information about a person’s pardon is confidential. By Marina Villeneuve. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

POWER OUTAGES-MAINE: Data shows that Maine electricity customers had longer and more frequent power outages than any other state in 2017.

FATAL CRASH: Maine State Police say a Massachusetts woman has died in a crash involving a tractor-trailer.

ALCOHOL PARTY-ARRESTS: Six men say they’ll pay fines for hosting parties in Maine attended by a 19-year-old woman who died from acute intoxication from cocaine and alcohol and hypothermia.

COUPLE DEATHS: A man charged with the deaths of two people in Maine is scheduled to appear in court.

CHILD DEATH-MAINE: A marriage annulment hearing for a Maine mother charged with beating her 10-year-old daughter to death with her husband’s help has been postponed.

SPECIAL ELECTION: A special election will be held in March to fill a legislative seat left empty by the selection of Rep. Aaron Frey of Bangor to serve as attorney general.

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